Hello, everyone. I guess I should introduce myself first. My name is Matt Nawal, but some of you out there might know me online as Darkwalker. I’m one of the new editors here at 6P, so I figured I’d drop my Battle Roads report off here for you all to check out.
While talking with some of the guys at league regarding my recent outing at this past weekend’s Battle Roads in Mansfield, Ohio this song came up. Enjoy.
Anyway, on to the report:
If you haven’t guessed by now, I played Reshiram/Emboar. I’ve been testing with it on PTCGO for a couple of weeks and really like how it matches up to what’s being played in the format currently. I’ll post the list I’m currently using below the report as well.
N. playing Stage 1’sRd 1 vs. Chance
Stage 1’s is an interesting deck to deal with. It typically gets an early lead, then starts to struggle against Reshiram/Emboar once their Zoroark’s are dealt with. The game got down to 1 Prize on each side, but all he was left with were multiple Yanmega to my Reshirams and Ability Emboar. I finished the game by attacking with “Good Boar” that was pulled active with Catcher.
Rd 2 vs. Michael “Hoolon” Collins playing ZPST w/ Yanmega
This wasn’t much of a game as Michael struggled to get anything out, while I got a fairly good start. He failed to find a supporter with Pokégear on 3 separate occasions and scooped once I was set up and taking prizes off of anything he could send up.
Rd 3 vs Jackson I. playing Yanmega/Mew/Cincinno and friends (YMCA)
This was my turn to draw dead. I set up quickly with an ability Emboar and Reshiram T2. Unfortunately, my Cleffa was prized and after a PONT gave me nothing to work with I ended up in draw/pass mode. Jackson started the game by using Mew Prime to See Off Zoroark, and was able to 1 or 2HKO everything I was able to set up (without energy). The exception to this was his Bouffalant using Revenge for 20 three turns in a row to KO my Vulpix. Next card? Ninetales, of course.
Rd 4 vs AJ Schumacher playing Yanmega/Mew/Cincinno and different friends
pokebeach.comThis was one of the rare occasions AJ was actually able to play, since he’s a PTO now. It’s always enjoyable playing against him. He starts the game off a little slower, but manages to See Off Muk fairly early. My deck manages to set up quickly and pick off prize after prize while he tries to stall with Muk and Catcher.
Each time I was able to respond with either a Switch or enough energy to retreat and also attack. I even used a Max Potion in the middle to completely heal up my ability Boar that he kept trying to KO or stall in the Active Spot.
Rd 5 vs ? playing Typholoshion/Reshiram with Kingdra?
My memory is really foggy about this. I’m not even sure what I played against this round, but I remember my next round’s opponent saying they were glad I won because the deck I faced off against was a bad match up for him.
Rd 6 vs Jake H. playing Gothitelle/Mew
I knew Jake has been playing Gothitelle for that last couple of weeks, so I prepared myself for Trainer lock. Both of us set up slowly, I made sure I didn’t take a prize to activate his Twins until I was ready for it. He started the game by Seeing Off Jumpluff with Mew, but lacked the Rainbow to use the attacks. Once I had set up well enough, I used Catcher on his only Gothirita that sat on his bench for a few turns and KO’d it.
He managed to set up Reuniclus and got a Zekrom or two out, but I was able to 1HKO them with “Bad Boar.” My ability Boar was pulled active a couple times this game, but without the Trainer lock I was able to return it to the bench easily with Switch. After the game I found out 2-of his 3 Gothita along with 2-of his Twins were in his prizes.
I finished Swiss in 2nd place. The rest of the Top 4 were Zekrom (6-0), YMCA (5-1), and what I would later find out to be TyRam (5-1).
Top 4 vs Jacob R. playing YMCA (same list from Rd 3)
Game one starts with Jacob using Mew to See Off Zoroark. I’m able to set up this time, but I have to be careful of his Mew’s that can 1HKO my Bad Boars. I think the list they were using was lacking PlusPower as he struggled with my Reshirams and my 150 HP ability Boars. I made a couple of mistakes during this match, but neither ended up costing me. The game came down to 2 Prizes each when I was able to take a lead and not have a return KO follow. My last prize followed a turn or two later.
Game two starts with Jacob using Mew to See Off again. Unfortunately for him his Zoroark is either prized or in his hand from the Copycat he used on his first turn. He chose Cleffa instead. Without Zoroark, the deck lacks the big hitter the trade with my huge HP piggies. Jacob is a very good player, though, and manages to take 4 Prizes to my two when time is called. I manage another prize on the +2 turn, but it’s not enough.
Sudden Death is not in a Mew based deck’s favor. Having to waste a turn to See Off just doesn’t cut it. I win the flip to see who goes first. I also have effectively a perfect hand and Blue Flare on my turn 2 with an ability Emboar out and enough energy. 6-1
This game was fun and laid back; with lots of pig, bacon, and pork jokes tossed about.
Top 2 vs Jon Rice playing Typhlosion/Reshiram
We both start off with mulligans and I’m thinking this might be a mirror match based on what I saw. Lucky for me I was wrong. TyRam is a really good deck. It’s very consistent, hard hitting, and sets up pretty quickly. Emboar is a horrible match up for it, though. TyRam has a general damage cap of about 130 with PlusPower, which just doesn’t cut it against either Emboar.
Having to hold PlusPower for Emboar also hand-cuffs TyRam in the Reshiram exchange since theirs are damaged via Afterburner while mine are at max HP going in. Game one was one sided. I got everything out by turn 4, while he managed a bench full of basics and a Ninetales. He scooped to save time.
Game 2 was more of a game, but still lopsided in my favor. He managed to get up Ninetales early and then two Typhlosion while we traded Reshirams. I then started using Cather to bring up and 1HKO Typhlosions with Bad Boar one after another. He did manage to attack with the second Typhlosion (getting rid of my DCE), but I had another already in hand along with Max Potion to further seal his fate. 7-1!
I get a super shiny Poké Ball!
My son, Joey, also managed a win with a silly Krookodile deck that he pretty much built himself. It murders the Senior.dek around here (ZPST), but it does also have its weak spots. My daughter, Megan, ended up 2nd in Juniors with Reshiboar as well. She went 3-1, only losing to a Senior since both lower age groups were mixed together.
Here’s my deck, which I don’t mind releasing since I won’t be able to attend Regionals due to work. Have fun with it!
Pokémon – 16
4 Tepig BLW Promo BW07
Trainers – 32
Energy – 12
I belee… I belee… I belee… That’s all folks!